NJ State Fair Homebrew Competition Score Review

August 13th, 2013

scoresheet-nj-statefair2NJ State Fair homebrew competitions is one of my favorites, probably because I won best in show in 2010, but it’s also my home state largest competition and I like to “brew” local.  Unfortunately this year I didn’t win or place in any of the categories I entered.  However, I thought I would share the results of my entries with you and they are not all pretty.

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NHC2013 retrospective

July 19th, 2013

nhc club nightA couple weeks ago I went to my first Nation Homebrewers Conference (NHC) and it was probably one of the best beer events I’ve been to in a long time. So what took me so long to write about it? I figured if waited a bit I would really only remember the real highlights and lowlights. Being from Jersey, I was thrilled that this years NHC would be just a quick car ride down the turnpike; Philly is such a great beer town. Besides it was a great excuse to get over to Monks to have some Cantillon Classic Gueuze and Mussels.
Here’s are my highlights from NHC2013
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IPA Glassware, Does it Make a Difference

June 21st, 2013

ipa-glassware-packageMy family has always been extremely supportive of my beer endeavors, for Father’s Day I received a set of 4 IPA Glasses crafted by Spiegelau in collaboration with Dogfish Head and Sierra Nevada.   First and foremost, these are cool looking glasses, regardless if they make an IPA better; I’ll still be using these glasses.  Back to the fun, with my In-laws over for dinner on Father’s Day we thought it would be fun to see if these glasses were better then the glass what I usually use for IPA’s, a Pokal glass.   With a sixpack of Dogfish Head 60minute IPA in hand, the fun begins.

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How Brauphroaig Came Into Its Own

June 18th, 2013

peat-smoke-steepWith the National Homebrewing Conference coming up those of us bring beer want to bring something special/unique to the conference.  I’m bring a bunch of beers including Brauphroiag.  Brauphroiag is a whiskey barrel aged peat-smoked porter.  I’m a huge fan of peaty scotch, so I thought I would bring a beer inspired for my love of peaty scotches’.  Bonus points if you can guess where the name comes from, it’s not that tough!

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Greasy Pig coming to NHC2013 Club Night

May 30th, 2013

Bacon for Greasy Pig Brown AleI’m wicked excited to go to the National Homebrewers Conference, this being my first year I’m not sure what to expect.  What I’ve heard and seen on YouTube club night looks to be the highlight of the conference, although there are some lectures I’m looking forward to hearing.  My club, Glen Ridge Homebrewers Association, is making our first appearance at NHC and we still haven’t figured out our space at club night, but we have figured out most of our beers.  But what is more important, good and interesting beer or cool space?  I figure it is the beer, so I’m pulling out the Greasy Pig Bacon Brown Ale.  Who doesn’t love bacon???

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It’s the Little Things That Make The Difference

May 1st, 2013

pump-thermometerAbout a year I got my brew stand and have been doing little things here and there to make it work for me, keep in mind everything is manual on it; I don’t have any controls or starters, just manual gauges and 2 pumps.  I’ll eventually get fancy like my buddy Billy over at Homebrew Academy with his recent Brutus build, but for now I there isn’t enough free time to go that route.  However, I can imagine that I have $1500 laying around that I could spend on the Blichmann Tower of Power.

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